Chiang Khan’s walking street is a famous attraction on the Mekong River. It is about 48 kilometers from Loei city. The sunsets are amazing, too! This street is about 1 kilometer and is full of restaurants, hotels, souvenir shops, clothes shops, and much more.
There is a beautiful walkway along the bank of the river Mekong. An ideal spot for watching birds and the sunset.
Let’s explore Chiang Khan.
What is Chiang Khan?
Chiang Khan is a beautiful small town on the Mekong River in the province of Loei. It is about 48 kilometers from Loei city.
To get to Chiang Khan from Loei, there are two types of bus. There is the song teaw bus, which leaves Loei every thirty minutes, and takes about 90 minutes to get to Chiang Khan.
There is also a large AC bus from Korat that passes through Loei on its way to Chiang Khan. This bus takes forty minutes to get to Chiang Khan. It passes through Loei about six times during the day.
Over the last few years, the town has developed into a popular tourist destination for both Thais and foreign visitors.
Chiang Khan’s walking street is what tourists come to see. The buildings on the road are a mix of Thai style wooden houses.
Where is Chiang Khan?
Chiang Khan is in the province of Loei. Loei is in the North East of Thailand.
Here is Chiang Khan on Google maps.
What is in Chiang Khan?
Chiang Khan has maintained its traditional identity by ensuring that buildings in the town center keep to a traditional Thai wooden style.
As you walk through the main streets, you will see hotels, restaurants, banks, and retails outlets all with a traditional Thai style that makes walking through Chiang Khan picturesque.
The walking street one kilometer long, so can be completed in one visit. The walking street caters to all your needs. If you are looking for something to eat, you have both snacks for sale on the street, or you can go into one of the many restaurants. There are several bars and coffee shops.
If you like to shop, then you will not be disappointed in Chiang Khan.
They have done a great job with street lighting. The lighting adds to the ambiance. There is always a bit of background music coming from many of the businesses along the street. The experience leaves you with a good impression.
Don’t miss the sunset
Sunset on the Mekong River is amazing. As sunset approaches. The birds on the river take off in groups looking for a place to rest for the night.
The setting sun provides a beautiful orange glow across the river along the banks of Thailand and Laos. A great photo opportunity.
I recommend getting to Chiang Khan before sunset. The walkway along the river has some great viewpoints to watch the beautiful sun as it drops behind the landscape.
What time does the walking street open?
Shops and restaurants along the walking street open for business at around 4 pm in the high season. In low season they start to open a bit later, about 5 pm. By 6 p.m. the street is fully open. High season is
Weekends and Fridays are usually busy. Most of the hotels and guest houses along the walking street will be displaying their ‘no vacancies’ signs.
Chiang Khan is a good weekend break for a lot of Thais. That is why it is sometimes difficult to find somewhere to stay on weekends.
If you travel on a weekday, finding accommodation should be more accessible. Prices tend to be more expensive if you stay in a hotel on the walking street. Finding somewhere away from the walking street will be cheaper.
Two websites you can use to check availability and prices are Booking.com and Agoda.com.
What should I buy in Chiang Khan’s walking street?
Chiang Khan is famous for quilts and sweet coconut, the coconut is very delicious so don’t forget to buy some before you leave.
Quite a few vendors sel the coconut along the street. They usually offer a discount for buying multiple bags.
Are there boat trips on the Mekong river?
There are boat trips available at a place called Geng Kud Koo, which is about three kilometers from Chiang Khan.
You can take a relaxing trip along the Mekong River taking in views of the banks of Thailand and Laos.
Geng Kud Koo is open from the morning to about 5 pm. After 5 pm, most people are heading to Chiang Khan’s walking street which opens after 5.
What else is there to see in Chiang Khan?
About 5 kilometers from Chiang Khan, is Phu Tok. Phu Tok is a mountain that is popular for watching the sunrise. To get there for the sunrise you will have to get up at 3 or 4 in the morning.
Chiang Khan is a lovely little town with character. The walking street is interesting and will keep you occupied for a couple of hours.
The view along the river is an excellent opportunity to get some great photos, especially if you make it for sunset. The sun going down makes for a beautiful background.
Hotels and guest houses close to the river and walking street are expensive and sell out quickly. Accommodation away from the walking street and river offers lower prices.
For information on more attractions in Loei, be sure to read my, ‘things to do in Loei’ post.